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LOUGHOR

From Post Office Directory, 1871.

Transcribed by Phil Mustoe

LOUGHOR is a parish, borough and station on the South Wales section of the Great Western Railway, and a contributory to the parliamentary borough of Swansea, in the hundred of Swansea, Llanelly union and county court district, rural deanery of Gower, archdeaconry of Carmarthen, and diocese of St. David's, and in the Western division of the County of Glamorgan; it is situated on the left bank of the river Loughor, or Llwchwr, 8 miles west from Swansea, 4 east from Llanelly, 121 by rail from London, it is also about 2 miles from the Gorseinon station of the Llanelly Railway. The government of the borough is vested in a mayor, twelve alderman, and an unlimited number of burgesses. The river Loughor, which bounds the borough on the western side, is also the boundary of the counties of Glamorgan and Carmarthen; it is crossed here by a substantial wooden bridge upwards of a hundred yards in length. The church os St. Michael is an ancient plain stone building, consisting of chancel, nave, 1 aisle, and belfry with 1 bell. The living is a rectory, yearly value #210, with residence and two acres of glebe, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor, and held by the Rev. Evan Jenkins, of St. David's College, Lampeter. There is a National school. There are chapels for Baptists, Calvinistic methodists and Independents. There are several collieries in the neighbourhood, and the extensive tin works of Mr. J. J. Jenkins are situated close to the bridge on the Carmarthenshire bank of the river. Fairs are held here on the first Monday in June and October 10th. There are some ruins of an ancient castle, believed to have been built by Henry Beaumont, Earl of Warwick, in the year 1099. The area of the parish is 3,999 acres, including water; gross estimated rental, #5,694; rateable value, #4,919; and the population in 1861 was 1,238.

POST OFFICE - William Dowdeswell, Upper Town, sub-postmaster. Letters from Llanelly arrive at 8.30 a.m.; dispatched at 3.30 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Llanelly.

Police Station, Titus Davies, constable
Clerk to the Borough, Benjamin Jones, Esq., Llanelly
Insurance Agent, Royal, William Evans

Places of Worship :-

St. Michael's Church, Rev. Evan Jenkins, rector
Baptist (Pennel) Chapel (Welsh), Rev. Benjamin Watkins, minister
Calvinistic Methodist (Moriah) Chapel (Welsh), ministers various
Independent (Horeb) Chapel (Welsh), Rev. John Thomas, minister
National School, Alexander Smith, master
Railway Station (Great Western), James Edwards, station master


PRIVATE RESIDENTS

Bingham Charles S.
Brown Washington H.
Harris William
Howell Howell
Jenkins Rev. Evan [rector]
Jones Misses, Pentwyn
Jones Thomas Morgan
Thomas Rev. John [Independent]
Thomas Owen, Peneyley
Waters Thomas
Watkins Rev. Benj. [Baptist], Pennel
Whitehouse Thomas G.


COMMERCIAL

Alger Alfred, George
Banfield James, colliery proprietor, Broadoak colliery, & at Swansea
Barrett John, Bush
Bevan William, farmer
Butler James, Ship & Castle
David Lewis, grocer
Davies Benjamin, farmer, Standland
Davies David, farmer, Pentllwy
Davies George, grocer, Upper town
Davies Jas., farmer & miller, Loughor mills
Davies Thomas, Ship
Dowdeswell William, grocer, & post office, Upper town
Evans John, farmer
Evans William, grocer
Griffith Andrew, farmer & miller, Trabla mill
Grunow William, farmer, Caemansel
Hagedorn Hy., shopkeeper, Upper town
Harris Edwin, farmer, Caenyfydd
Harry David, farmer, Penyfodfach
Harry James, Red Lion, Upper town
Harry Morgan, farmer, Penyfod
Harry Thomas, chemical manufacturer, Gower road
Hopkins David, farmer, Cyfingrwydd
Howell John, farmer, Bertslooyd
Hughes Benjamin, iron founder
Jenkins John Jones, manufacturer of patent large tin & terne plates, also galvanised & corrugated sheets, Yspitty works
John Howard, farmer, Trabla
John John, colliery proprietor
Jones David, beer retailer
Jones Howard, farmer, Bryngwyn
Jones Thomas Morgan, surgeon
Lewis David, shopkeeper, Upper town
McAdam Robert Kilbey, farmer, Island house
Maliphant George, beer retailer
Morgan David, blacksmith
Morgan John, farmer, Altwen
Morgan John, farmer & rate collector
Morgan John, farmer, Tyfry
Morgan Jones, farmer, Waun
Morris Daniel, Cross Keys
Morris Daniel, farmer, Ishaf
Morris John, painter
Morris John, farmer
Morris Richard, farmer
Morris William, farmer
Morris William, farmer, Pontygob
Owen John, grocer, Upper town
Owen Thomas, commission agent
Roberts John, farmer, Cyfnsyllel
Rowland Ann (Mrs.), shopkeeper, Upper town
Thomas Benj., Lewis Arms, Yspitty
Thomas David, farmer, Vernel Neydd
Thomas John, Trap
Thomas Sarah (Mrs.), Globe, Upper town
Thomas Thomas, shopkpr, Upper town
Trownsell Charles, Station Inn
Waters Daniel, grocer
Waters Thomas, farmer, Cyfingrwydd
Williams David, farmer, King's bridge
Williams David, grocer
Williams David, tailor
Williams Evan, farmer

Post Office Directory, Loughor, Glamorgan, 1871


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